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Comic Book Resources (Who cites Graphic NYC) is reporting that Jerry Robinson passed away last night in his sleep, less than a month shy of his ninetieth birthday.
Robinson was born in Trenton New Jersey on January 1, 1922 and was still a college student at New York's Columbia University when he started to work for Bob Kane and National Comics. Before long, he was working with Kane and Bill Finger on establishing so much of what we know about the Batman mythos today, including adding a sidekick character in Robin, and an enduring villain in The Joker (though Bob Kane disputed Robinson's contribution). He spent much of the 1950's and 1960's working on newspaper comic strips (including the Batman daily and his own creation, entitled True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs). He re-emerged in the superhero scene in the 1970's when he, along with Neal Adams, helped broker a pension and credit agreement between DC Comics and Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster for their creation of Superman.
Robinson also worked on curating museum exhibits relating to comic book art and served as a historian for the medium.
The Outhouse sends condolences to Mr. Robinson's loved ones.
Source: RIP Jerry Robinson, Joker Creator and Comics Ambassador
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